Over 200 volunteers participate in the cleanup day

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Shown in photo are Kim Derrickson, Caleb Derrickson, Ray Derrickson, Matthew Blanchard and Grant Blanchard. (The Derricksons are very active at St. James Lutheran Church in Gonzales.)

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Lillie Gallagher and Blair Elizabeth Brown teamed up with volunteers Saturday, Feb. 7 from Youth Challenge of the Gillis Long Center in Carville, City Kids from AmeriCorps, Old South Baton Rouge Civic Organization, Trinity Lutheran Church and Lutheran LSU to spend the day cleaning up the Lutheran Cemetery on Eddie Robinson Drive in old South Baton Rouge. Over 200 volunteers participated in the cleanup day. Several times a year, the Trinity Lutheran Church and the Friends of City Park spearhead a movement to clean up the historic Lutheran Benevolent Society Cemetery that was organized in 1872 by V. B. Baranco. No longer having an organization or church affiliation, the cemetery is kept up by the kindness of strangers. Ray Derrickson, assisted by Kim Derrickson and Caleb Derickson cooked a huge pot of jambalaya to feed the hungry volunteers. Other In-Kind donors were: Bet-R Stores, Thee Heavenly Donuts, Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance, Bishop Stanley Ott 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly.